Written by Jenny -
May is National Strawberry Month and it couldn’t happen at a better time of year! Reason being is my grandparents would come and visit us for Memorial Day weekend, when we would attend a parade in the area (my grandfather was a World War II veteran) and later, have a barbeque. Once the dishes were cleared away, my grandmother, mom or I would start to hull strawberries for my grandfather’s favorite dessert Strawberry Shortcakes. The strawberries were most always bought from the local farmer’s stand. I can still taste those berries from the stand of long ago when I go strawberry picking with my daughter. Like back then, many of the berries never make their way into the bowl!
For some great tips on strawberries, see Chris’ April 2011 post with more strawberry recipes.
There are many recipes to celebrate the bounty of strawberries this month brings. Here are two new strawberry recipes from our kitchens.
Strawberries & Cream Sherbet is the perfect treat for the hotter months approaching or already here for some of you. I love the simplicity of this recipe and the evaporated milk brings the creaminess without all the fat and calories. Plus, no ice cream maker required!
Strawberries & Cream Sherbet (shown above)
Ingredients for 10 servings, 1/2 cup each:
- 1-pound bag frozen strawberries, unsweetened
- 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Lowfat 2% Milk
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
PLACE frozen strawberries, evaporated milk, sugar and lemon juice in food processor; process until smooth.
POUR into 8-inch-square baking pan. Place in freezer for about 20 minutes, until ice crystals begin to form around edge of dish. Using fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Repeat, stirring edges into center every 20 minutes or until frozen (about 1 hour). Cover tightly. Freeze for up to 2 months. To serve, scoop into small paper cups, paper cones or martini glasses.
TIP: 3 cups fresh, whole strawberries can be substituted for frozen. Freeze berries before using.
Continuing on the smoothie kick, Strawberry Wheat Germ Smoothie made with nonfat dry milk will have you licking your lips and spoon. It’s loaded with good-for-you nutrients like Vitamin E and C, folic acid and calcium and is “berry good” to boot!
Ingredients for 2 servings, 1 cup each:
- 1 cup frozen, unsweetened strawberries
- 1 cup orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D
- 1/3 cup dry NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
PLACE frozen strawberries, orange juice, dry milk, ice and wheat germ in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
More strawberry recipes:
Strawberry Cheesecake Pie